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Anthology 3 [2 CD]

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From the White Album to the end, the last days of the Beatles weren't smooth, which made the fact that they still produced some astonishing music all the more remarkable. In abbreviated form, "What's the New Mary Jane" is finally issued here, and proves underwhelming. For the rest of the set, it's largely down to outtakes and demos, but this time there isn't the same insight of the previous two volumes. Anthology 3 comes dangerously close to the sound of barrels being scraped. That said, it's the Beatles, and in whatever form, the music still shines brilliantly. --Chris Nickson

Disc: 1
1. A Beginning
2. Happiness Is A Warm Gun
3. Helter Skelter
4. Mean Mr. Mustard
5. Polythene Pam
6. Glass Onion
7. Junk
8. Piggies
9. Honey pie
10. Don't Pass Me By
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Disc: 2
1. I've Got A Feeling
2. She Came Through The Bathroom Window
3. Dig A Pony
4. Two Of Us
5. For You Blue
6. Teddy Boy
7. Medley: Rip It Up/Shake Rattle And Roll/Blue Suede Shoes
8. The Long And Winding Road
9. Oh! Darling
10. All Things Must Pass
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 12, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: November 12, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002TZ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
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102 of 107 people found the following review helpful By the dirty mac on October 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Far from "scraping the bottom of the barrel," as some would have it, this third and final installment of the ANTHOLOGY CDs is clearly the most essential. Anthology 3 fills in the more gaping holes in Beatle lore. Not only should it be required listening for Beatle fans, there is plenty that will appeal to casual listeners too -- in contrast to the first two Anthologies.

There appears to be some confusion regarding this album's purpose. This is NOT a greatest hits collection. Rather, these are two CDs of outtakes from the WHITE ALBUM, GET BACK/LET IT BE and ABBEY ROAD sessions. Most of these recordings were much discussed but seldom heard over the years. A few had been unofficially released in the late 1980s and early '90s as part of the ULTRA RARE TRAX bootleg series. In 1995 and 1996 Capitol finally got around to officially releasing them to coincide with a prime time TV documentary about the Beatles.

Everyone is referring to Disc 1 as the Unplugged White Album and there is truth in that description. Seven songs are homemade recordings from May 1968; it's great fun to hear "Glass Onion," "Honey Pie," "Piggies," and "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" in such intimate acoustic form. Later, in the summer and early autumn of '68, the Beatles went into the studio to make the WHITE ALBUM. In those sessions they recorded fascinating alternate takes of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "Why Don't We Do It in the Road" and a calypso version of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" (with acoustic guitars and conga drums) which sound nothing like the White Album versions. Other highlights include a slower, bluesier rehearsal of "Helter Skelter.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Mark on August 9, 2004
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Sometimes when you listen to a great song - whether it be the Beatles or some other great recording artist - you forget that the version you're listening to is the end result of alot of different takes and revisions and changes.

That's what this and the other 2 Anthology CD's are all about. They give you a snap shot into the thinking of John, Paul George and Ringo and at times you feel as though you were actually in the recording room with them.

Listen to the early take of John's beautiful ballad / tribute to his mother Julia. The song just presents John alone with an acoustic guitar fingerpicking this tune. He gets quite far into the song before a mistake brings the take to a screeching halt and you are able to listen in on the conversation between John in the studio and Paul in the control room.

I find it interesting because it was only months earlier in Rishikesh, India at the Maharishi's retreat that folk singer Donovan taught John how to finger pick. And like any great artist, John Lennon takes this new technique, writes an incredibly beautiful ballard around it and the listener is presented with Julia.

Many of the songs on this CD were from the White Album, a disk that was probably the beginning of the end for this incredible band. If Sgt Pepper, for example, was the result of what these guys working collectively could acheive, the White Album clearly shows four guys working relatively independantly of each other. Many of the White Album songs had their beginnings in India and clearly there was very little, if any collaberation, going on.

Does anybody think that John Lennon had ANYTHING to do with Ob La Di Ob La Da despite the fact that it was attributed to Lennon / McCartney.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By W. Langan on May 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is the most no-frills Anthology since there were no "new reunion" songs to promote.
The 1st CD offers a generous helping of White Album demos. You have a reggae version of "Ob-La-Di..." with guitars and congas which I like even better than the original. "Glass Onion" features some bizarre but quirky sound effects ("It's a goal!"). Songs being released for the 1st time are George's "Not Guilty" (1 of the best ones), John's "What's the New Mary Jane" (1 of the worst), George Martin's "A Beginning" (reminiscent of the background music in Yellow Submarine) and Paul's "Step Inside Love/Los Paranoias" (a fun jam). With the exception of the raucous blues jam "Helter Skelter", most of the songs on CD1 are acoustic. Paul improvises on "Rocky Racoon" (on this take, Rocky is from Minnesota!), "Mother Nature's Son", "Honey Pie", "Hey Jude" ("..when I was a robber in Boston Place.."), and "Why Don't We Do It,,". George features some pretty acoustic blueprints for "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and "Piggies". Ringo gets help from his friends on "Good Night". John shows his wit on the acoustic "Glass Onion" (double tracking and joking with himself!), intorduces "Mean Mr. Mustard", "Polothene Pam", improvises on "Happiness is a Warm Gun" ("Mother superior... oh s___!"), and showcases his solo debut on "Julia" (with Paul giving him some advice in the control panel!).
CD2 features Let It Be sessions. Most interesting are "Oh! Darling" (with John's news, singing "Free at last!
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